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Peter Van Arsdale
Peter Van Arsdale
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African Initiatives Director

Peter Van Arsdale oversees African Initiatives and co-founded the Josef Korbel School's Humanitarian Assistance program. In these capacities, as well as in his role as Adjunct Professor, he imparts his expertise on humanitarian aid, complex emergencies, human rights, community development, and cross-cultural relations, especially with regard to refugee and immigrant populations. He also focuses on civilian-military collaboration in humanitarian assistance. 

Professor Van Arsdale's latest book, "Humanitarians in Hostile Territory: Expeditionary Diplomacy and Aid Outside the Green Zone" (2010, with Derrin Smith), approaches this subject and more. His imprint is found in a number of African Initiatives' partner organizations, revealing his Africanist character. He is involved with the DU Kibera Project, MaiMisham, and acts as faculty advisor for Students for Africa. Additionally, he is a co-founder of The Denver Hospice.

Devin Clark

Devin Clark
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African Initiatives Associate

Devin is a MA candidate in International Development with a Certificate in Humanitarian Assistance. He is a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda as well as an AmeriCorps member via City Year in Philadelphia.

 
 
 

 

 

 

Past Contributors

Lottie Dungan

 Lottie Dungan
 African Initiatives Associate

Lottie Dungan is a Korbel graduate who received a Master's of International Human Rights with a regional emphasis in eastern and central Africa in 2019. Lottie has concentrations in International Development and Nonprofit Management, plus French language proficiency, which she hopes to use in francophone country development in the future. Lottie has a wide range of interests including Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH); Transitional Justice and Peacekeeping; along with interests in migration and asylum issues. Lottie is an Oklahoman holding a B.S. in Human Development and Family Science and Minor in French from Oklahoma State University.

Lottie was involved in several different student groups at Josef Korbel School of International Studies both as an African Initiatives Associate and as a Co-President for the Korbel Asylum Project. She is personally and professionally passionate about development in Africa and hopes to contribute to research and development policy after receiving her Master's.


Melody Delaney
Melody Delaney
Event Coordinator, African Initiatives

Melody Delaney is Korbel graduate with a Masters of International Development. As part of her degree, Melody joined the Peace Corps in the Fall of 2017 to further her research with East African conflicts and their ramifications on targeted communities.

Melody attained her undergraduate degree from the Florida State University College of Music and hopes to combine these two radically different degrees to study cultural heritage music and its capacity as a method of conflict resolution and emotional healing in the wake of traumatic conflict.



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Cait O'Brien Cait O'Brien
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Students for Africa Executive Team Member

Cait is a MA candidate in International Development and the Co-President of Students for Africa. She is a recently returned Peace Corps Zambia Volunteer and Teach for America Alumni. While in Africa she focused on rural education development and sexual reproductive health for youth and HIV/AIDS vulnerable populations. Her projects included electrifying the village's school, hosting multiple HIV testing and education events in the village, as well as leading female youth empowerment camps and clubs. Cait is a competitive marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast.